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7 hrs ago |

New mayor touts founders' ideals

As Linda Reed thought about what it would mean to guide the city during its sesquicentennial year, she considered the help the community's five Founding Fathers needed from numerous people to make the community grow and prosper, she said.


Related Topix: Ottawa, KS

11 hrs ago |

4-H Project club breeds knowledge

While steers, bucket calves and pigs all have specific requirements to which kids must adhere, she said, no project was more in-depth for her than those "Wascally Wabbits."


Related Topix: Osage County, KS, Osage City, KS, Ottawa, KS

16 hrs ago |

Aha - City settles towing lawsuit after risk management analysis

One of the prime reasons the City of Ottawa and the Franklin County Board of Commissioners struck a revised agreement to fund and operate the joint city-county 911 communications center in November 2013 came to light Wednesday.


Related Topix: Ottawa, KS

20 hrs ago |

Wreck survivor out of hospital

An Ottawa man who survived a two-vehicle fatality wreck Wednesday morning was released Thursday afternoon from Overland Park Regional Medical Center, hospital officials said.


Related Topix: Train Disaster, Ottawa, KS, Pomona, KS

Fri Apr 18, 2014

Fire fails to melt giving community

Members of the Central Heights school community have jumped into action again to help care for neighbors facing hardship - this time, a family with two students in the school district and a mother who serves on the school board.


Related Topix: Education Etc., Princeton, KS

Help ensure health success for students, your community

Students of all ages are coming into the home stretch of the school year. Finishing strong is what everyone wants.


Related Topix: Family, Kids, Life, Food, Nutrition, Opinion

Thu Apr 17, 2014

Silver alert issued for Princeton man

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office is searching for a 75-year-old rural Princeton man who left his residence at 836 Kentucky Road about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday for an unknown destination, according to a sheriff's report.


Related Topix: Princeton, KS

Homicides shaped sheriff's first year

Less than one month after Richards was sworn in as Franklin County sheriff April 10, 2013, a quadruple homicide rocked the county and tested the local law enforcement agency's mettle like no other event had in decades.


Related Topix: US Governors, Sam Brownback, Prison, Johnson County, KS, Ottawa, KS

Project preserves rural school history

While they weren't stacks of money, the reams and reams of paper did provide a wealth of information about the rural one- and two-room schoolhouses that populated Franklin County for more than 100 years, members of the Franklin County Historical Society said.


Related Topix: Ottawa, KS, University of Kansas, Education Etc., Family, Kids

Community aids family after home goes up in smoke

Kathy Sheldon isn't sure what her family will do after their home burned to the ground Tuesday afternoon.


Related Topix: Home Listing, Home, Family, Kids, Fire, Princeton, KS

Wed Apr 16, 2014

Feds: Grand jury indicts trio accused in Pomona bank robbery

A federal grand jury has indicted three people who were arrested in connection with a mid-March robbery of Goppert State Service Bank in Pomona.


Related Topix: Pomona, KS, Quenemo, KS, Kansas City, KS

Franklin County man killed in wreck Thursday morning

A Franklin County man was killed in a two-vehicle, head-on wreck about 6:35 a.m. Wednesday on K-68, near the railroad crossing about 3 miles east of Pomona.


Related Topix: Pomona, KS, Ottawa, KS

Tue Apr 15, 2014

Daily Report for April 15, 2014

12:42 p.m. Saturday, 1900 block of I-35 in Franklin County, Justin Smith, 34, Williamsburg, on suspicion of driving while his license was revoked after being stopped for a traffic infraction.


Related Topix: Williamsburg, KS, Lyndon, KS, Pomona, KS

Bob Dole to visit Ottawa Monday

A former presidential candidate and beloved Kansas native is returning to his home state next week, local Republican leaders said.


Related Topix: Ottawa, KS

Mon Apr 14, 2014

Former lawmaker switching parties

Former state Rep. Bill Otto, LeRoy, who represented parts of Franklin County before redistricting in 2012 and losing his seat to state House Speaker Pro Tem Peggy Mast, R-Emporia, announced he will switch political affiliation from Republican to Independent.


Related Topix: US News

What is fair board hiding?

My name is Kim Powell. I have been the Franklin County 4-H rabbit project leader for nearly 20 years.


Related Topix: Agriculture, Science, Opinion

Sun Apr 13, 2014

Daily Report for April 9, 2014

10:05 p.m. Sunday, Franklin County Jail, 305 S. Main St., James Lewis Jr., 30, Ottawa, on a Franklin County warrant.


Related Topix: Wellsville, KS, Williamsburg, KS, Johnson County, KS, Ottawa, KS

Sat Apr 12, 2014

Man leaving work killed in motorcycle wreck

A typically busy portion of Davis Road was closed for about an hour late Tuesday afternoon but caused few traffic disruptions after a 33-year-old Osawatomie man leaving work was killed in a motorcycle wreck near the Ottawa Industrial Park.


Related Topix: Train Disaster, Osawatomie, KS, Ottawa, KS

Fri Apr 11, 2014

Sylvesters honored for growing community ties

Sylvester and her husband Russ, owners of Sylvester Ranch, 1906 Kingman Road, Ottawa, were the recent recipients of the 2013 Kansas Master Farmer and Master Farm Homemaker award.


Related Topix: Ottawa, KS, Agriculture, Science

Rep. Jones updates county leaders on session so far

With the regular legislative session at an end, state Rep. Kevin Jones, R-Wellsville, shared an overview of the past few months in Topeka with the Franklin County Board of Commissioners.


Related Topix: Wellsville, KS